There’s a question burning in me today sparked from an ember coming from the mouth of Jesus. Just this He says, “Yet I do not seek my own glory…” (John 8:50 ESV). And these words burn my soul with the question, “Meredith…whose glory are you seeking?”
Whose glory am I seeking today? Yesterday? I mean really. Whose glory?
I could be pious as the pillars of the Jewish society were that condemned their Savior as demon possessed, not seeing Him for who He was because they were engulfed in the very one they accused Him of being.
I could say that I only and always seek to glorify God. That’s what I want to hear from my own mouth. That’s what I want to do. That’s who I want to be. Like Jesus.
But I’m not. And I don’t. More often than not…I only seek to glorify myself. I’m selfish like that. I’m not the epitome of humility. Though I truly want to be. I want to be more than I am today. And maybe that’s a good first step?
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility…” (Col. 3:12)
There it is. That word. Humility.
I’m supposed to clothe myself with humility. The beautiful crown jewel of humility worn on a beloved daughter.
It’s a pretty picture in my mind. But it’s an ugly reality in my heart.
Miriam-Webster’s defines humility as “: the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people : the quality or state of being humble.”
So, yeah. There is that then. Can you feel my mouth drawing up twisted and eyebrows raised? That’s what I’m doing right now. Kind of like my sweet nephew…when he senses somethings not. quite. right.
That’s not me. That’s not even in me. I have no ability to be that person. To think more of you than of me.
That sounds so vain. Because it is. I am.
It’s not in me to do or be more for you than I do or think of myself. I don’t think it’s in you either. And woman to woman today…it’s not in us, is it?
How often do we as women actually put our sisters dreams, desires and goals ahead of our own?
How often do we as women give up what we want to help a sister get what she wants?
How often do we as women lift up a sister in praise instead of tearing her down with word or thought or deed?
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2, NLT)
So…is there any hope for us? Any hope for me?
Yes there is. We are told to put on this freeing adornment of humility.
And if there is no room for pride, then ladies, we are on the right track.
It’s time to take off the choking necklace of pride and instead adorn ourselves with beautiful humility.
Got that? Pride chokes. Humility frees.
Humility frees from the weight of having to do better than her. Be better than her. Look prettier than her. Have more well behaved kids than her. Have a better job than her. Have a more godly husband than her. Have a better car/house/wardrobe…than her. And the choking, prideful list goes on and on and on.
Imagine how beautiful we would all be wearing the God-given gem of humility instead of pride, greed, selfishness, dissension and contempt.
I am saying today we can CHOOSE to put on humility and wear it with dignity. With strength. With grace.
We choose not to daily, so why can’t we instead choose to?
It’s a mind change. A habit change. A heart change.
It’s not natural to be humble. But I say…no, Jesus says, it is possible. And necessary. And right.
Baby steps. We crawl before we walk. We walk before we run. (Well most do…I know a couple of exceptions. 😉 )
Either way, we have to start somewhere. Some day. Might as well be this day.
Woman to woman…will you try on this jewel of humility with me today? It may just be the perfect fit once we yield ourselves to it.
And I dare to believe the more we wear it, the better it will fit.
It’s “Woman to Woman” Wednesday. Working on unity of the sisterhood here on Wednesdays one perfectly imperfect word at a time. If you would like to share your thoughts on todays post or add your own comments about how we can grow in humility as a sisterhood, we welcome your words below. Feel free to leave comments or add a link to your own blog post. Please visit the link before you and offer some “love” on their post. We all need some love, right? Please hash it out with us using #w2w when you share on twitter/fb/IG. 😀 You can view last week’s post here.